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With Chip Kelly out, Eagles court Broncos' Mike McCoy

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

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With Chip Kelly out, Eagles court Broncos' Mike McCoy

Published: Monday, January 07, 2013

By BOB GROTZ
bgrotz@delcotimes.com
@BobGrotz



With Chip Kelly off the table, the Eagles met Sunday with their sixth head coaching candidate.

The Eagles took the interview to Denver, where they got together with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

The Eagles confirmed Sunday night that Kelly decided to deny his NFL suitors — including the Birds — in order to stay at Oregon.

In addition to Kelly and McCoy, the Eagles have interviewed Oregon’s Kelly, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, Syracuse’s Doug Marrone and Atlanta Falcons assistant coaches Mike Nolan and Keith Armstrong. Marrone reportedly will become head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

The list of candidates also includes Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

While the Eagles quietly said their search wouldn’t conclude until all of the candidates were interviewed, that’s obviously subject to change.

For example, the Eagles supposedly spent nine hours Saturday speaking with Kelly, the top guy on their list.

Kelly reportedly was on the verge of striking a deal with the Cleveland Browns the previous day. The Browns, with former Eagles president Joe Banner, left Arizona without a deal when Kelly’s talks with the Birds went into overtime. Before the news of Kelly’s decision broke Sunday, reports indicated the Browns were through with Kelly, who produced a 46-7 record with the Ducks.

Various reports suggest Kelly’s indecisiveness wore on the Browns.

For their part, the Eagles reportedly tried to sell Kelly on the virtues of quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles, and other players on the roster. It’s conceivable that could make an interview last nine hours.

The Eagles and Kelly left without a deal. In the hours after, there was speculation that Nike magnate Phil Knight convinced Kelly to stay at Oregon, which could be facing NCAA sanctions in the coming years.

Knight is a big Ducks booster. If Kelly was seeking advice, you know what Knight would say about jumping to the NFL … “just don’t do it.”